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DJONIBA CENTRE INSTRUCTORS

Richard Gonzales

Richard Gonzalez

Afro-Caribbean Dance / Orisha

Marie Basse

Marie Basse

West African Dance

Peniel

Peniel

Haitian Dance

Danielle

Danielle Lima

Samba

Maguette

Maguette

Intermediate African Dance

Djoniba Mouflet

Julio Jean

Haitian Dance

Djoniba Mouflet

Djoniba Mouflet

Beg-Basic African Dance

Kelly

Afro-Caribbean Dance / Orisha

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Peniel  

Peniel Guerrier

Haitian Dance

FRI 6:00-7:30pm  

Haitian Dance
Haiti, the second independent republic in the Americas, partakes of three cultural sources: African, American, and European. The dances and culture of Haiti have been extremely important in the development of American dance, thanks to the pioneering work of Katherine Dunham. Peniel Guerrier draws on his extensive knowledge of Haitian folkloric dance to create original combinations within the different traditional Haitian rhythms. His dances enhance the energy and flow of traditional forms with beautiful, vivid body shapes.

Peniel Guerrier
Peniel Guerrier began his formal dance training in 1987. Herve Maxi, the most prestigious teacher in Haiti, was impressed with his dancing and invited Peniel to study in his school. Subsequently Peniel danced with the National Dance Theatre for 8 years and toured all over the world: Venezuela, Paris, Hungary, Japan, Montreal, Germany, Santo Domingo, and the United States. During this time he also toured with the Baccoulou Dance Company.

Peniel pursued his studies at Ecole Nationale des Arts (ENARTS) and researched Haitian folkloric traditions at Lakou Soukrie, Danache, Lakou Souvenance, and Badjo.

While in Haiti, Peniel taught at the National Dance Theatre of Haiti and ENARTS. He moved to the United States and currently teaches three classes per week at Djoniba Dance and Drum Center in New York City. He also teaches at Connecticut Ballet Center, Stamford, CT; Wellesley College, Boston, MA; and Dance Forum Studio, NYC. He is a guest artist at Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, Greenfield Community College, Amherst College, and Brown University. He is also Artistic Director of the Tamboula Dance Company.

Peniel

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